Barack Obama commuted the sentence of a FALN terrorist
Yesterday Barack Obama commuted the sentences of over 200 people and while most of the headlines were over his decision to free Chelsea Manning it turns out the President also commuted the sentence of a FALN terrorist who at his sentencing told the world he was an enemy of the United States.
Here is more:
Among the more than 200 commutations handed out yesterday, President Obama commuted the sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a member of Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a Marxist-Leninist terrorist group advocating Puerto Rican independence. He is set to be released May 17.
FALN was responsible for more than 130 bombings in the United States that killed four people and seriously injured police officers.
López Rivera was arrested in 1981 and got 55 years in prison, but later had his sentence extended another 15 years for trying to break out of Leavenworth. At the time he was sentenced, López Rivera told the court: “I am an enemy of the United States government.” (Other members of FALN went so far as to directly threaten judges and promise more acts of violence.) He wasn’t kidding. FALN, like other Marxist terrorist groups, had a typically frank and turgid manifesto that unreservedly endorsed violence in the name of destroying the “Yanki capitalist monopoly,” and the group quickly claimed credit for the bombings they committed via press release.
There are more details of the activities FALN was involved in in the article I linked to above. But there is more about Rivera: he was offered clemency, along with over a dozen others, by Bill Clinton in 1999 under the condition they renounce violence–he refused to do so.
Barack Obama’s terrorist buddy Bill Ayers must be especially proud today…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium